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Who Is The Most Famous Melissa In The World?

Updated January 13, 2021 589 votes 38 voters 19.5k views68 items

List RulesVote up all of the Melissas you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Melissa can you think of? The famous Melissas below have many different professions, including notable actors named Melissa, famous athletes named Melissa, and even musicians named Melissa.

Melissa McCarthy is certainly one of the most famous Melissas on this list. One of the famous comedians named Melissa, she rose to fame playing Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls. She went on to star in such films as Bridesmaids, The Boss, and Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Melissa McBride of The Walking Dead is another actress named Melissa. 

Another of the famous people with the first name Melissa is Melissa Etheridge. She is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. “I'm the Only One,” “Come to My Window,” and "Bring Me Some Water” are among her biggest hits.

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Melissa? Just add them to the list!

  • 1

    BirthplacePlainfield, Illinois, United States of America

    Melissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and fashion designer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including two Primetime Emmy Awards...  more

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  • 2

    BirthplaceLeavenworth, Kansas, USA

    Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground...  more

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    Melissa Benoist


    BirthplaceLittleton, Colorado, United States of America

    Melissa Marie Benoist is an American actress, singer and dancer. Benoist rose to prominence for her portrayal of Marley Rose on the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee. She made her...  more

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    Melissa Fumero


    BirthplaceLyndhurst, New Jersey, USA

    Alternative NameMelissa Gallo Fumero, Melissa Gallo

    Melissa Fumero (née Gallo; born August 19, 1982) is an American actress and director. She is known for portraying Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Adriana Cramer on One Life to Live....  more

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    Melissa George


    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    Melissa Suzanne George (born 6 August 1976) is an Australian actress and entrepreneur. A former national rollerskating champion and model, George began her acting career playing Angel Parrish on the...  more
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    Melissa Leo


    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

    Alternative NameMargaret May, Margaret May II, Melissa Chessington Leo

    Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. After appearing on several television shows and films in the 1980s, Leo became a regular on the television shows All My...  more

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    Melissa Gilbert


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Alternative NameMelissa Gilbert, Melissa Gilbert Brinkman, Melissa Gilbert-Brinkman

    Melissa Ellen Gilbert (born May 8, 1964) is an American actress and television director. Gilbert began her career as a child actress in the late 1960s, appearing in numerous commercials and guest...  more

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  • 8

    BirthplaceSmithtown, New York, United States of America

    Alternative NameMelissa Joan Hart

    Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress. She had starring roles as the titular characters in the sitcoms Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994), Sabrina the Teenage Witch...  more

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    Melissa McBride


    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

    Alternative NameMelissa Suzanne McBride

    Melissa Suzanne McBride (born May 23, 1965) is an American actress and former casting director, best known for her role as Carol Peletier on the AMC series The Walking Dead. McBride has garnered...  more

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    Melissa Gorga


    BirthplaceMontville, New Jersey, USA

    Melissa Gorga is an American reality television personality and singer. She is a member of the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, joining the show in its third season....  more
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    Melissa Rauch


    BirthplaceMarlboro, New Jersey, USA

    Melissa Ivy Rauch (born June 23, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for playing Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory for which she garnered a nomination for...  more

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  • 12

    BirthplaceÉchirolles, Grenoble, France

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  • 13

    Melissa Tkautz


    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Melissa Natalie Tkautz (born 24 January 1974) is an Australian actress, singer, model, presenter & real housewife of Sydney. As an actress Tkautz had the role of Nikki Spencer on the popular...  more
  • 14

    Melissa Rycroft


    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, USA

    Alternative NameMelissa Rycroft

    Melissa Katherine Rycroft-Strickland (born March 11, 1983) is an American television personality, host, and dancer. She is a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. She participated as a bachelorette on...  more

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    Melissa Stark


    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, USA

    Melissa Stark (born November 11, 1973) is an American television personality and sportscaster who works as a reporter for the NFL Network and previously had worked with NBC, which she joined in 2003,...  more
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    Melissa Rivers


    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

    Alternative NameMelissa Rosenberg

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  • 17

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Melissa De Sousa (born September 25, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Shelby in the 1999 romantic comedy-drama film The Best Man and its 2013 sequel The Best Man...  more
  • 18

    Melissa Archer


    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, USA

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  • 19

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Melissa Sagemiller (born June 1, 1974) is an American television and film actress. She is known for her performances in films Get Over It (2001), Soul Survivors (2001), Sorority Boys (2002), The...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Melissa Manchester (born February 15, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Since the 1970s, her songs have been carried by adult contemporary radio stations. She has also appeared on...  more
  • 21

    Melissa Ordway


    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Atlanta

    Melissa Pam Ordway Gaston (born March 31, 1983) is an American actress and model. She has modeled in many campaigns and acted in such films as 17 Again and on television in Privileged. She currently...  more
  • 22

    Melissa Doyle


    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Melissa Jane Doyle (born 10 February 1970) is an Australian television presenter, author and personality. Doyle currently hosts Sunday Night and Weekend Breakfast on smoothfm. She was previously...  more
  • 23

    Melissa Keller


    BirthplaceUSA, Minnesota, Long Lake

    Melissa Keller (born 1979 in Long Lake, Minnesota) is an American model and actress.Keller began her modeling career when she was 15 years old and has modeled for Parasuco, Noxzema, GAP, Revlon,...  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur (; born March 17, 1972) is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, photographer and actress. Auf der Maur began performing in 1993 after forming the indie rock band...  more

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    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

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